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My understanding is that a mother's role is most important for younger children, and although it is never good to be without a father, a father's real importance comes into play when the children reach puberty. It is at that time that a boy needs a male role model to understand how to become a man, and that a girl needs to see herself reflected in her ...


William Sears wrote a book about attaching as a father. Interesting reading. In your example -- from the child's point of view, the father is being lost, presumably forever. That's huge. But there are times when families have to make sacrifices. It always amazes me how well children usually adjust and recover.

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